In a breakthrough in the Kunda triple murder case,the CBI on Sunday arrested two men for the murder of Balipur village pradhan Nanhey Yadav. They seized two .315 bore country-made firearms and matching empty cartridges from them.
Ajay Pal and his brother Vijay Pal,sons of Kamta Pal,with whom the slain pradhan had a property dispute were arrested following the interrogation of the duo at the CBIs camp office in Kunda. They will be produced before the CBI court in Lucknow on Monday and the investigating officer will seek their custody remand in order to collect information about their associates,said the official.
The CBI is investigating the murders of the pradhan,his brother Suresh and Kunda circle officer DSP Ziaul Haque,all of which took place on March 2.
CBI chief information officer Dharini Mishra,who confirmed the arrest of the two,said the investigating team has also recovered SIM cards which were used in the murder conspiracy and added that the recovered empty shells and the SIM cards have shown the direct involvement of Ajay Pal and Vijay Pal in pradhan Nanhey Yadavs murder. But the investigation is going on to unravel the larger conspiracy behind the murder, he added.
The case registered in the pradhans murder had named Ajay Pal and his father Kamta Pal,besides former UP minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyyas driver Guddu Singh and his brothers Rajeev and Ajit.
Another case lodged in the murder of pradhans brother,Suresh,had named Ajays brother Vijay,his nephew Sanjay,Guddu Singh and latters aide Raj Kumar Pasi.
With todays arrest,the total numer of persons arrested in the three cases have gone up to four. Guddu and Rajeev were arrested by UP Police two days after the pradhans murder and were later taken into police custody remand by the CBI. But the agency has yet to figure out the role of Guddu and his brother in the pradhans murder.
Sources said that questioning of eyewitnesses who do not belong to Nanhey Yadavs family and subsequent interrogation of Ajay and Vijay showed their direct link to the shootout in which pradhan was shot dead. While the eyewitnesses confirmed their presence at the murder spot,the two arrested men helped the agency in finding two country-made firearms and fired cartridges from the house of one of their relatives.
The agency has also recovered SIM cards which were purchased on forged names and addresses and were being used by Ajay and Vijay to talk to some suspects. The CBI has scrutinised the numbers and the details of the calls retrieved from the SIM cards.
Sources added that any direct involvement of Kamta Pal,father of the arrested men,has not surfaced so far,but the investigation is still on.
An official said that the investigation has found enmity over the possession of a property in Balipur had led to frequent altercations between the families of pradhan and Pal over the last six months. The accused allegedly planned the pradhans murder after Nanhey Yadav and his brother Suresh,along with their associates,attacked Kamta Pals house on the occasion of his grandson Sanjays marriage in February and humiliated him in the presence of his relatives.
Ajay and Vijay entered into a conspiracy and killed the pradhan with help of other associates,sources said.